News from the National Finals

THE 24th SCHOOLREACH & THE 44th REACH FOR THE TOP NATIONALS
We propose a similar schedule as last year. Teams will travel to Toronto, Ontario (to be confirmed) on Saturday, May 28, 2011, for the tournament and National Finals play.

From the June 2010 Newsletter

By Paul Russel, Director, Reach For The Top Inc.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NATIONALS MVPS

Olivia Auriat (Vincent Massey H.S., Brandon, MB); Paul Edmonstone (Assumption C.S.S, Burlington, ON); Michael Forestell (Kennebecasis Valley H.S., Quispamsis, NB); Peter Rau (Cobequid Educational Centre, Truro, NS).

This year, Provincial Champions traveled by plane, train and car from across Canada and converged in Downtown Toronto at the Chestnut Residence of the University of Toronto on Friday May 28, 2010. (Click here for a list of the 12 participating teams, as well as tournament and finals results.)

On Saturday morning, after breakfast at the residence, teams made their way up town by subway or on foot to Royal St. George’s College in the city’s Annex district. After a formal welcome and introductions in Ketchum Hall, a full round-robin tournament (Tournament Results:   )was conducted in the classrooms of the college. We were fortunate to have articulate and patient readers and judges for the tournament who imparted a strong sense of fair play and kept up the pace of the tournament.


On Sunday, the National Finals series began with eight games played through the day in the College’s historic and inspiring Chapel. The duties of quizmaster were undertaken by Nova Scotia Co- ordinator Hans Budgey, Editorial Producer Richard Koo and former Teacher/coach Ryan Vickers. Our thanks to these three rapid-fire experts and to our ever-alert judges for these games, Patricia Beecham-Cooper and Ravi Lall. Thanks also to Royal St. Georges College, our host school, and Rachel Deblois, the coach of the RSGC team, for making us welcome.

Host Richard Koo welcomes KVHS & Cobequid to the Finals Semi-Finals and the Championship game were played on Monday morning in the RSGC Chapel with a dramatic and tense Maritime confrontation leading to victory for the Kennebacasis Valley team. (All National Finals Games results: )

Following the final game, a Gala Luncheon was held at the Hard Rock Café overlooking Yonge-Dundas Square in the heart of the city. Medals and prizes were announced by our lively MC, Richard Koo, and beaming winning faces from across the country were captured by flashing cameras.

The announcement of the four MVP’s, as selected by a panel of Reach production staff, was the highlight of the afternoon, and every participating school received a plaque commemorating the games, for public display at the school upon their return.

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